SOUTHEND United have agreed to sell midfielder Ryan Leonard to Sheffield United.

The Championship club had four bids for the 25-year-old rejected but have finally been able to complete a deal believed to initially be in the region of £700,000.

A Shrimpers club statement said: "Following further discussions between Southend United, Sheffield United and Ryan Leonard this week terms have now been agreed to enable Ryan to fulfil his wish to join the Blades.

“Ryan Leonard will be undergoing a medical later today and subject to agreeing personal terms Ryan will be in a position to fulfil his dream move over the next week.

“We shall make a further statement at that time.”

Leonard has been with the Shrimpers since 2011, scoring 23 goals in 265 appearances.

He has been voted player of the year at Roots Hall for the past two seasons.